Harry Hole faces a new rising enemy. A report of a rare and unusual gun - a type favoured by assassins - being smuggled into the country sparks Detective Harry Hole's interest.
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Next, someone close to Harry is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night she was killed? A pulse-racing Harry Hole thriller that will keep you guessing till the finale page. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. The Devil's Star.
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But Harry is already on his final warning and has little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor when it becomes apparent that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands. The Redeemer. Harry Hole returns in a pulse-pounding thriller like no other. But when the assassin discovers he's shot the wrong man, Harry finds his troubles have only just begun. The Snowman. And then he will appear againDetective Harry Hole soon discovers that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.
The Leopard. Love twist-filled crime? But Inspector Harry Hole doesn't want to be found. Harry Hole is in trouble. The police don't want him back After the horrors of a case that nearly cost him his life, Harry Hole left Oslo and the police force far behind him. Now he's back, but the case he's come to investigate is already closed, and the suspect already behind bars. The police urgently need Harry Hole.
Certainly such charged reminiscences lend credence to that position. It is these reminiscences, largely speaking, that give Perth its emotional weight, though it is less nostalgia than an almost Burkean sense of the interrelation of past and future, and of the responsibility of the present to both, that struck this reader as the key element here. Naturally enough, this theme finds expression in the passages dealing with the author's three children, and at the end of the book Whish-Wilson expresses his hope that the city will "nourish" them.
Sharing that hope for my own young kids, I will only add that it is less in vain for the appearance of this beautiful book, which anyone invested, or indeed investing, in the city's future should resolve to read. Moving fluidly between eras and across decades, interweaving memoir with local history and quoting generously from other great WA writers and historians, it is a beautifully written reminder that "the truest, if most intangible heritage of our city exists in our memories.
The Perth we discover is a city of contradictions and eccentricities. The author acknowledges the mining boom which has transformed and shaped so much of the city, but also delves beneath the surface into personal stories and an examination of the physical land.
As such it adds to an emerging literature of Western Australia as a place where the characters are larger than life and the pathways to success not always legal. From Swann and his family to bikies and the rotten-egg sons of judges, Whish-Wilson's characterisation is strong. The story is something of a humdinger too, fast-paced, complex and with some excellent twists.
And there's pleasure to be had in Whish-Wilson's attention to detail too; he's succeeded in evoking the spirit of the 70s here through its material history, Holden EKs, Valiants, Winfields and monkey boots, to name just some. Zero at the Bone is quality crime. The book teems with local colour, and this heavily researched and painstaking attention to detail skilfully captures the essence of Perth in the late 's Whish-wilson has created another satisfying novel that also contributes to the wealth of impressive crime fiction currently being produced in the country.
The larger-than-life characters as seen through the world-weary eyes of Frank provide a wonderful snapshot of a particular point in time, complete with daggy cars, long lunches and dodgy entrepreneurs. The plot is unexpected and intriguing, the action intense, but best of all is Whish-Wilson's ability to draw characters so familiar they could be next-door neighbours. An absorbing read and thoroughly recommended if you love a great story. You won't want to put this one down until the very last page. The period detail is terrific.
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What most impressed me was the long game of revenge which played out in surprising and shocking fashion David Whish-Wilson is a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction. The characters are well developed — and in particular that of ex-Detective Frank Swann is well drawn, empathetic, and heroic The plot is fantastic! The twists and turns, the corruption, the strategies being played out and the final sting in this tale were totally unforeseen and unexpected. A triumph! I really developed an appreciation for Swann in the last book and I think this book only cemented my liking for him.
I also like the genuine Australian feel to these books — the footy clubs, the pubs, the old cars It makes it so easy for the reader to paint the picture in their head, see everything clearly. I hope we see more of Frank in the future, doing what he does best. The personal is balanced nicely with the current investigation from the opening sequence, which is both shocking and moving. My guess is that a film adaptation will have to pull back from the political and historical elements in the book to focus on the crime scene. As a screenwriter, I completely understand why that would be necessary.
My hope is that the adaptation doesn't abandon the past altogether. The thriller genre is formulaic, and formulas exist for a reason. They are satisfying. I don't mind if the book is crafted differently for film. That's inevitable. Warner Bros. Entertainment banner. With international rights sold in over a dozen territories, the US publication date is set for March The tension between the group grows fraught and the situation intensifies, culminating in a desperate crime.
At its core, this shocking novel tells the devastating story of three friends face to face with manipulation, turmoil and tragedy, unable to outrun their tangled and tumultuous past. I found the lives of its wonderful, surprising characters and the global and intriguing landscape they inhabit absolutely riveting. On the one hand, the novel carries the suspense of a truly unpredictable psychological thriller— it kept me guessing to the very end.
It was not just her passion for the overall project but also her compassion for my characters that made me realize her vision was uncannily in sync with what I had only dared to dream. Upcoming for Kroll is Warner Bros. The film, which made its Hollywood premiere last night, launched out of Venice and TIFF to stellar reviews, quickly becoming a hot-buzzed awards season title. The agency often posts stories about book deals, publication days and bestselling achievements.
But what happens between the contract being inked, and the book landing on the shelves? You may think that everything goes a little quiet, but this is far from the truth. Take yourself back to October , in the weeks before Frankfurt Book Fair. As soon as the deals are announced the news post goes up. But that is only the beginning. Our Rights Department then launches into action, pitching the book to editors from around the world, both at Frankfurt Book Fair and beyond.
Soon negotiations are being finalised and the book has been sold into territories around the world — fourteen including the UK, US and Canada — with more lining up. Then what? With a book as exciting as this one, the hype continues to grow in the build up to publication March Ward is over the moon. So there you have it.
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In between riding lessons, of course. When I spoke with Ward, I discovered we had a lot more in common. And then there are those women. The heart of the book is the tumultuous relationship between two friends who meet in their 20s in Maddie is a teacher in Bulgaria, and Johanna is an aid worker in Macedonia. And, of course, there are men. One in particular, a military Brit, forms the apex of this ultimately unholy trinity. The book also features family life, when it moves to sleepy Kansas. But above all, there is tension and a sense of mystery and unbalance. Imranyi, who bought North American rights in a heated auction, says she was excited to get it.
Beautiful Bad, Ward tells me, began as a memoir. By then she had moved to New York, where Richards suddenly arrived with stories of his experiences working with a private military company in Iraq and Yemen. His stories got her thinking about another book, although she admits she was daunted by her debut experience. In , Ward was married to Richards and living back in Kansas, and she started on the memoir.
She handed in the finished manuscript in to her agent at the time, Doug Stewart, who advised her to fictionalize it, which she did. One who responded was Madeleine Milburn, whose agency is based in London. I requested the complete manuscript straight away.
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